Supportive Housing - The Winning Formula for Supporting People and Sustaining the Health Care System Symposium, Monday, October 15, 2007 - Richmond Hill

    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Top national and international speakers will
share their insights, research findings, and experiences with various
supportive housing models for different needs groups, including frail seniors
and persons with physical and mental challenges, at the "Supportive Housing:
The Winning Formula for Supporting People and Sustaining the Health Care
System" Symposium, Monday, October 15, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. at the
Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel, Richmond Hill, ON.

    Among the speakers will be:
    -  Ann Aikens, Mayor of Deep River, Ontario;
    -  Nancy Beck, Director, Connections Clubhouse (CMHC winner),
       Nova Scotia;
    -  Dr. David Challis, Director, Personal Social Services Research Unit,
       United Kingdom;
    -  Dr. Eigil Hansen, Professor of Economics, Institute of Local
       Government Studies, Denmark;
    -  Judy Kelly, Director, Home Support Services, Vancouver Coastal Health;
    -  Iris Neumann, CEO Capital Care Group, Edmonton;
    -  Dr. Mary Stuart, Professor and Director, Health Administration and
       Policy Program, University of Maryland, USA.

    According to Drs. Janet Lum and A. Paul Williams, Co-Chairs of the
Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community (CRNCC), evidence from
around the world is showing that supportive housing that includes help with
activities of daily living, such as personal support and homemaking services,
social and recreational events, and 24-7 emergency response capacity,
maximizes the independence and well being of individuals. CRNCC,
(, is co-hosting the supportive housing symposium.
    "These services provide community alternatives to institutional care,
reduce visits to the ER and hospital, and decrease caregiver burden. It is
proving to be a solution to problems in other parts of the health care system
and its expansion in Ontario is highly recommended", stressed Susan Thorning,
CEO of the Ontario Community Support Association, (OCSA),,
which is co-hosting the event.
    Policy makers, academics, clinicians, researchers, managers or frontline
workers interested in supportive housing programs should attend to hear about
the best practices and initiatives from this impressive field of Symposium
    To register or to get more details about the Symposium:

For further information:

For further information: about CRNCC or OCSA, contact Lori Payne,
Manager, Communications & Development, OCSA,, (416)
256-3010 Ext 242

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